An old fashioned Mystic Meg
“I came down to Brighton for the weekend to see my cousin, who lived in Kemptown, and took my camera, and went down the sea-front. Usually the best way for me to take photos is just to go and explore – with a fresh mind, like a blank canvas.
I found the penny arcade, and saw this machine. It looked like an old-fashioned mystic Meg, a big kitsch, a bit OTT and funfair-ish, but because I was fascinated by it I took a whole role of film – people thought I was barmy! When you put your money in you get a card – you put in your date of birth, and you get a funny message.
The penny arcade is on the seafront as you go past the arches, along from the artists’ galleries. I took the photo over three years ago, and I’m not sure if the machine is still there. I included the photo in my Final Photography Project, for my BTEC National Diploma in Design (Photography) course.”